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Red Sox walk off with win on Ortiz homer
For Texas, anyway.
Ortiz crushed Michael Kirkman's second actual pitch of the inning into the visitors' bullpen for a three-run homer that gave the Red Sox a 6-3 win and a 2-1 series victory in the battle of teams with the best records in the American League.
Jonny Gomes greeted Kirkman (0-2) by hitting his first pitch for a double, Gomes' fourth hit of the game. Pedroia, who had a two-run double in the third but had an otherwise tough night at the plate, was then walked before Ortiz hit his 11th career walk-off homers, the 10th with the Red Sox.
Boston tied the score against the Texas bullpen in the seventh when the Rangers failed to turn a double play with the bases loaded. Ex-Ranger Mike Napoli picked up his 47th RBI of the season. He had 56 all last season.
Texas left-hander Derek Holland, 4-0 with two no-decisions in his last six starts and on a five-game winning streak against the Red Sox, also pitched six inning, leaving with the lead.
Jacoby Ellsbury, back after missing five games with groin tightness, also had four hits. The Red Sox got eight of their 13 hits from the top two spots in the lineup.
Some nifty defense by Gomes in left helped Lester stay close through the early innings.
The Rangers had taken a 2-0 lead in the second on a long ground-rule double by Pierzynski and Baker's second homer of the series when Lance Berkman led off the third with a ball off the wall in left. Gomes bobbled the carom and the slow-footed Berkman took off for second. He was out -- by a lot.
Pedroia's long double to center (extending his hitting streak to 10 games) brought the Red Sox back in the bottom of the inning.
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